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From Model to Practice: Building Successful Online Learning Programs at JeffCo


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Listen to Judy Bauernschmidt, Director of Online Learning at JeffCo Public Schools, talk about how the district grew their use of online learning from the initial professional development program to …

Listen to Judy Bauernschmidt, Director of Online Learning at JeffCo Public Schools, talk about how the district grew their use of online learning from the initial professional development program to district-wide use of blended learning plus a stand-alone virtual school. Understand how this growth addressed the district’s student achievement issues while ensuring that 21st Century skills were being taught in all classrooms by qualified teachers.

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  • Only 51% of respondents are meeting all the online learning demands of their students while 96% know that students demonstrate improved learning when technology is integrated into the curriculum
  • Also, we know schools are still struggling to get ALL courses taught by highly qualified teachers while offering ALL of the courses that students want to take at times they want to take them
  • The Project Tomorrow research helped guide is towards this solution by showing us that each stakeholder in learning communities sees value in using the power of technology in K-12 learning environments.
  • Pushed by highered, business, and community leaders.
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    • 1. From Model to PracticeBuilding Successful Online Learning Programs at JeffCo
      John Canuel, Vice President, blackboard global k-12 education strategy
      Judy bauernschmidt, Director Student Online Learning & Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy, JeffcoPublic Schools
    • 2.
    • 3. Districts are Challenged to Meet Student Demand for Online Learning
      Total % Agreeing
      Strongly Agree
      Source: Blackboard/Education Week Survey of Online Learning Preparedness (2010). n=1,962
    • 4. Personalized Pacing and Outside Learning Time
      Total % Agreeing
      Strongly Agree
      Source: Blackboard/Education Week Survey of Online Learning Preparedness (2010). n=2,001
    • 5. What Are Students Saying?
      • 38% of students who have not taken an online courseare interested in doing so
      • 6. 63% of students identify online learning as a must-have component in their “ultimate school”
      • 7. Over 40% of students are currently communicating with theirteachers electronically and over 70% of students are communicating with friends and family through text, email, and IM
      • 8. Over 70% of high school students have access to a computerand 67% have access to a cell phone
      Technology is a daily part of students’ lives and should be integrated into their school lives.
    • 9. Judy Bauernschmidt
      Director Student Online Learning & Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy
      Jeffco Public Schools
      Golden, CO
    • 10. Largest school district in Colorado
      85,000 students, 34th largest school district in the U.S.
      155 schools
      17 high schools, 20, middle schools, 94 elem, 10 option schools
      State Funding per pupil $6,695
      Currently, district is cutting $40m+ from budget
    • 11. District Challenges
      Address Traditional Student Achievement Issues
      Ensuring 21st Century Teaching/Learning in a Digital World
      Supporting 21st Century Community & Staff
      Keeping up with students- digital natives
    • 12. It Starts With Leadership
      Superintendent and School Board
      Shared Vision and understanding
      Widespread support of district administration
      Chief Academic Officer
      Collaborative environment with central departments
      Supporting all departments and schools
      Online Ed Leadership
      Organizational Leadership
      Academic Instructional Leadership
      Vision coupled with structural & detailed knowledge of online education
    • 13. District Policies - Jefferson County School District R-1
      The district believes online education can serve as an effective tool for providing
      educational opportunities for students and staff.It is a valuable resource expanding
      educational opportunities for students at all levels of achievement. Online courses can
      provide, enhance, supplement and enrich district curriculum and creates additional
      means for instruction and collaboration. Online/distance learning opportunities allow
      schools and teachers to extend curricular opportunities to students that add value to the
      educational process for the purposes of increasing overall student achievement.
      Online education courses will be a part of the district instructional program to increase
      accessibility and flexibility in the delivery of instruction. As the goal of the district is that all
      students will graduate with meaningful choices for their future as a result of the quality
      instruction and rigorous curricula in Jeffco Schools, curriculum developed for the online
      environment will maintain teaching/learning pedagogies that are aligned with district
      expectations. To assure high quality learning opportunities, the district will ensure quality
      curriculum and quality instruction for online courses.
    • 14. School Board Policy
      Graduation requirements
      Jefferson County Public Schools are committed to preparing students for the 21st century. One part of that preparation is a pre-collegiate, rigorous curriculum that prepares students for success in the next step of their lives. Success in college or in work requires strong academic preparation. A pre-collegiate, rigorous curriculum prepares students to choose admission to universities, community colleges, or apprenticeships. Being prepared for the 21st century requires the appropriate use and application of technology. Because of that, all courses are expected to use technology and on-line learning as a part of the instruction in that content. All course work is expected to infuse skills necessary for success in the 21st century. Those skills, in addition to the use of technology, include:
      Information processing and analysis
      Critical thinking and problem solving
      Interpersonal skills and self direction
      Global awareness
      Financial, economic, and business literacy
      Entrepreneurial skills
      Civic literacy
      Skills for continuous learning
    • 15. Online Education within the Organization
    • 16. Online Education within the Organization
      Educational Technology
    • 17. Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing!
      Common, Core, Systemic Platform
      Digital Teaching and Learning Platform
      Core application
      99.9% reliability
      Worry about the right things
      Interface with other core systems/data
      User friendly
      Common look and feel across the organization
    • 18. Where do we start?
      What are the needs?
      District-wide: Budgets, students leaving, college level courses, Dropout/graduation rate
      Departments: GT, homebound, outreach, sped
      Schools: Transition grades, FTE, HQ teachers
    • 19. Focus Groups
      Consultant Role
      Site Visits- site based needs
      Work with central departments- GT, Dropout Prevention, Student Outreach, ELL
      Determine needs based on feedback
      Present ideas for resolutions
    • 20. Working with Schools & Departments
      Online Courses available to all high schools at no cost
      Free, but required professional development for teachers who want to learn to teach online
      Course Development: Teachers district-wide creating online courses
      Professional Learning Community with all online teachers and admin
    • 21. Course & Content Development
      3rd Party Content & Services:The same process will be conducted for 3rd party content & services which will include skill building contents , academic support programs, and services
      Jeffco Developed Courses: District developed courses based upon CAP will be at the core of our student online offering.
      3rd Party Courses: For courses we don't develop, a nation-wide, RFP-based, search is conducted to identify course providers.
    • 22. Jeffco Online Delivery Model
      Credit Recovery
      Virtual Academy & Local High Schools
      Mastery-based courses for students who need to recover lost credit while mastering essential learning skills.
      Full Time Online
      Virtual Academy
      Content, instruction, andsupport for courses are fully online. For students based on need or desire for full virtual education.
    • 23. Jeffco Blended Delivery Model
      Blended Options
      Traditional face to face instruction that utilizes Blackboard, online courses, and other digital resources to extend the learning experience and expand the learning space.
      Students take some courses in regular face to face environments and some courses in full time online environments.
      Courses that blend traditional and online classroom experiences. Classes can be divided into cohorts. Classes meet F2F one day a week.
    • 24. Blended Learning used in Jeffco Schools
    • 25. Going Modular…
      Curriculum Alignment
      Response to Intervention
      Individualized learning paths
      Playgrounds- supporting GT/ALP (areas of giftedness)
      Based on student academic needs
    • 26. Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy
      Colorado Statewide Online Public High School
      Option School in Jeffco- working with all schools
      Three enrollment options available for students
      Curriculum, Connection, Community
    • 27. Connections with Schools
      • Counselors and online teachers
      • 28. Monthly updates offered to all groups within the district.
      • 29. PLC’s
      • 30. Consistent communications with all counselors district-wide
      Enrolling students based on need and working with schools- developing reciprocal relationships
      • Working with school district calendars- graduation
      • 31. Meetings & communications with schools/departments on changes and updates
    • Community
    • 32. BuildingCommunity Online
      • Events and Fieldtrips: Monthly social school-sponsored events and academic fieldtrips
      • 33. Clubs: Book Club, Outdoor Adventure, National Honor Society, Destination Imagination, Yearbook, Ski/Board Club, Anime, Gamers
      • 34. School assemblies, orientations,
      conferences, dances, Graduation
      • Communication and Connection:
      Weekly communications, monthly newsletters, monthly parent & student training, Coffee Chats
    • 35. As a result…
      All high school students in Jeffco have the option to enroll in full online courses
      Jeffco high schools offering hybrid courses, full online, and
      online enhance
      Course Development: 43 courses and growing
      Trained 500+ teachers district wide
      District teachers creating courses and sharing in online course repository
      7500+ students taking at least one online or blended course in Jeffco.
      Of the largest 50 school districts nationwide, Jeffco now ranks 5th in graduation rate.
    • 36. Middle School
      Moving to Middle School
      • J21VA currently enrolling MS students
      • 37. Current Needs:
      • 38. Students who need flexible schedules, advanced math, and world language
      Middle School Development
      • District-wide Middle School Implementation in 2011-12
      • 39. Training 5 middle schools- 100% staff training in April 2011
      • 40. Demand from local schools is higher than anticipated
    • Elementary School
      • Elementary Model
      • 41. Homeroom Model
      • 42. Parents looking for options before kindergarten
      • 43. Very different model compared to secondary
      • 44. High parental involvement
      • 45. High success rates
      • 46. More home school interest
      • 47. Supplemental Online Programs
      • 48. Before or After school enhancement programs
      • 49. Online clubs
      • 50. Learning Modules
    • 51. Ways to Learn More and Get Started
      Webinar: Adopting A Blended Learning Approach
      • Thursday, April 7, 2pm ET
      • 52. Join us for an in-depth discussion on blended learning led by two experienced practitioners, Amy Hance and Pam Willingham. Hear about the many teaching and learning objectives they are meeting through the implementation of a blended learning program. Also learn how the two districts have grown the level of adoption by their faculty over time by championing accomplishments of the program.
      JeffCoDay – Come Visit!
      • Thursday, May 5, 8:00am-3:00pm in Golden, CO
      • 53. Join us for the day at JeffCo Schools to learn firsthand about their experience with building online learning programs for Colorado’s large district. Participants will hear directly from students and teachers on topics of blended and fully virtual learning, as well as online professional development.
      Planning Guide for Online Learning
      • The Planning Guide is a self-assessment tool that helps you evaluate your school or district's online learning readiness or progress. Based on your self-assessment, the Guide provides customized recommendations of online learning solutions that best fit your needs.
      Call Us!
      • We would love to hear from you! Call us anytime at 800-424-9299, Option 4
    • Judy bauernschmidt
      Annie Lewis
      John Canuel
      Contact Information